Open rhinoplasty, so happy!

It started in high school when insecurities about...

It started in high school when insecurities about my nose came about. I was told I was pretty but I knew that my nose didn't fit my face. I have a skinny bridge and bulbous tip. Had my first consultation at 18 years old but changed my mind and decided to wait. Now 21 years old and had my Pre-Op today and surgery is june 30 2014 =)

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It is with Dr. Cohen and thank you I am nervous and excited at the same time!
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PLEASE, before surgery: (1) READ OTHER REVIEWS, including negative ones; (2) ask the surgeon what he will do for post-op swelling (prednisone, kenalog, etc.), pain, and bacterial infection prevention; ask if he offers kenalog for thick-skinned patients; (3) revision/infection treatment policy. READ ALL CONSENT FORMS. Find out exactly what he will do or use in your nose--all implants, grafts, bone osteotomies, etc.--and realize if this is open rhinoplasty you will be incredibly swollen (to the point you don't look like you have a nose) for a while. The nose gets bigger after the splint comes off then shrinks gradually and fluctuates throughout the day.
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Congrats to you. I waited until I was 42 to have mine fixed. People warned me that it was such a big procedure but the whole thing went so well for me. I went into it with the right attitude, I think, to keep me feeling peaceful. I reminded myself that this is elective surgery and how fortunate I am to get to have such an expensive procedure done. I reminded myself that I don't have to be present for any of the surgery, since I was under anesthesia, and that I would have drugs to help with any discomfort afterwards. I reminded myself that I would get to lay around for a couple of days and be taken care of by loved ones. These are all things to get excited about, and in the end they were all true. It was a wonderful experience, and the best part is taking your cast off and seeing your new nose!
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Pics of before

I'v put some pics up of how my nose looks now. Skinny bridge and bulbous tip. I wanted some cartilage to be removed and was told that bridge is fine and nostrils are normal. This all seems so surreal that I am finally going doing the surgery!

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Hi! My surgery is scheduled for June 30th as well :)
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We have about 8 days left! =)
Thank you those are some important things I am going to ask especially for think skin around the tip of my nose. Thank you for the advice!

8 days left until surgery!

Can't believe it's 8 days until surgery. I've been waiting for this moment since I graduated high school! Tomorrow I gotta shop for the supplies I will be needing for after surgery such as a U-pillow, compression socks, Tylenol PM, soups, a juicer, and more =) I am not nervous at the moment, but I know I will be the night before surgery =o

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Goodluck update me when you get your cast off! Thanks for your comment btw means a lot (:
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Very excited for you! :)
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Thank you!

A before and after simulation of what I hope for

Counting down the days. Got a memory foam U-Pillow today, chap stick, medical gauze, Vitamin C, and arnica gel. Still need the tablets but have yet to find them =/ anyone know where to get them I've checked Walgreens and CVS

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Don't forget to grab at least three icepacks, which you can keep revolving. I got some really awesome pellet-style packs from Rite Aid that formed to my face. The ones given to me from the clinic were thick and lined with soft fabric, and they didn't get cold enough for my taste. I iced for three days solid, then every morning for the rest of the week.
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Also, if you can, you may want to pick up the special pellet-style ice packs which are sold at Rite Aid. These are better than the standard ones because you can break up the ice sections and form them around your face, like frozen vegetables. The ice packs from the hospital were somewhat unsatisfying for me because after surgery I feel very hot and want an intense cool. The hospital ice packs are thickly lined with soft material that didn't get quite cold enough for me. I would buy three ice packs if I were you, so you can keep them revolving. I iced for three days, and then every morning for over a week.
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Whole foods for bromelin/arnica
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Almost there!

So only 3 days to go =) got the last bit of essentials that I need and hope I am not forgetting anything on my Pre Op list I read it like 100 times lol found the Arnica Montana 9c tablets today at Vitamin Shoppe and grabbed two bags of flax seed. I hope flax seed doesn't interfere with my surgery in anyway. My surgeon Dr. Cohen seemed pretty confident in doing my nose as I will only being some getting cartilage removed to get a more defined tip. He seemed like he knew more of what he had planned for my nose than the first consultation I had when I was 18. When I was 18 the surgeon made it feel like it would be difficult working on my nose. I saw a real difference in my second consultation and knew this Dr. Cohen was the one and was more positive and straight forward. He asked me what I wanted changed about my nose and of course I was a little embarrassed to go into detail as I have never told anyone else. But I simply said I wanted my nose to fit my face more but look natural. So here I am waiting for Monday the 30th. Hoping I get a phone call no later than tomorrow with the time I have to come in for surgery.

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Good luck! Workout and sleep as much as u can cause u will miss those things :)
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Thank you and yes I better sleep more this whole week I haven't been able to really sleep idk why lol
How much was the arnica?
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3 days =]

Surgery center called and I have to be there at 6 AM. It's about 56 miles from my home so I will have to leave by 4:30 AM because I don't know how traffic will be going to Encino from Lancaster. My husband is already used to waking up at 4:00 AM everyday for work and he will be the one taking me and taking care of me =) wish my parents could be around but they live in Northern California so when I visit them in August they may or may not notice my new nose

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I love your morph its very natural and pretty :)
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Thank you I tried to make it as realistic as I could lol
Yay! I much prefer an early morning arrival time! Mine is at 830 on Monday. I am so excited for us!!!
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Tomorrow's the big day!

Alright time to get to bed. Gotta be up at 3:30 then leave at 4 =) I keep making sure I have all my supplies packed in my travel bag such as: throat lozenges, chap stick, big hat, u pillow, crackers, water, and medical gauze. Good night everyone! And good luck to everyone else I have been so grateful for the tips and support =)

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Can't wait for your update!
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Thinking of you and hope everything goes smoothly for your surgery! We are about to leave my house to be on our way. Soon we will be on the other side :)
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First few hours hurt!

Okay so got there an hour early whoo! And was out a little after 10am. Woke up and eyes felt like they were stung by bees and tip of nose burnt! =( my nose has packing and 2 tiny tubes to breathe easier. I think its the packing making me so uncomfortable...iced my eyes until i dozed off into a nap. Now gonna have a smoothie. Having the packing removed Wednesday =)!!!!

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Tip looks more defined and I can tell the difference. Still uncomfortable, but "Beauty is pain"

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Hope everything is going well for you!! I'm going to get the packing removed today. Eeek I hope it doesn't hurt too bad. I'm taking 2 pain pills just in case lol.
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Aahhhh yay u made it! Congrats girl happy healing,:)
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Thank you! I hope mine turns out like yours =) how are you?

Day 2 still no bruising =)

So I nearly slept today, so I'm gonna try and ween myself off of the prescription pain killers. Overall no pain or bruising. My head just feels stuffed up. Husband has been taking good care of me. Excited to have my packing removed tomorrow! =) thanks all for the support here on RS and happy healing! =)

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Oops meant to say...

Meant to say I slept nearly all day today

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Congrats! Can't wait to see more pics. I was suppose to have my surgery that day too but I had rescheduled because I didn't have the full amount. Reading your story's is getting me more excited for mine.
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Wow no bruising! Good for you! No bone work needed?
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Yeah right when I got home I began icing my eyes. I think the vitamin c 1000mg worked a lot. No bone work, just all tip refinement. My surgeon and I agreed that I had a good bridge lol

Day 3 p.o.

Still bleeding a little after I walk around a little. Hopefully I wont need gauze tomorrow. Such a relief to get packing removed today =)! I no longer have a boxy tip, I can tell it is more of a refined triangle tip and thats what I wanted. Dr. C sure did know what Iv wanted all along =) head is still congested but having cast and stitches removed Wednesday the 9th so maybe that will alleviate the headaches?

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Thank you! Been drowsy these past few days but I will be on more often when my headaches go away. If you have any questions feel free to ask everyone iv met on here have been so helpful =)

Happy 4th!!

Happy 4th!!! Swelling is going down little by little. My husband wants to take me out tonight to see fireworks lets see how I feel tonight =) I told him there will be many more holidays to come plus I'll have a new nose =) I used to not like going in large crowds of people because I thought my nose was the center of attention haha I am beyond grateful I got to go through with this surgery. I tried to "love" my nose and was always told it was unique but all i wanted was a normal nose. I used to have a small cute nose but as i got older my tip got bigger. So here I am waiting to see the results on cast removal Wednesday!

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4 days tip is forming

I see a cute tip forming but the profile needs to go down! Only time will tell and pineapple lol!

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Can't wait til Wednesday
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It seems like forever!
Lol lots and lots of pineapple!! Yay cant wait to see your result on Wednesday!
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Waiting game

Less than 4 days til cast and stitches removal! So nervous for stitches being removed. Does it hurt? Iv never had stitches so i dont know what to expect. Been on a very strict clean diet and keeping it up so i can heal fast. Notice my cast is getting loose but tip is still a bit bubbly lol little hard to sleep with a stuffy nose. Well now its just a waiting game. Good luck all pre op and post op fellow rhino patients!

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Hi. Thanks for sharing your story, glad u r doing well. Im having just my tip done too in two weeks, very nervous, so its been really helpful reading your story, cant wait to c your results
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So excited for you!
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How are you doing girly? The waiting game has been such a challenge to my patience haha. I'm almost there though and soon you will be too!!!
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Boxy tip begone!

So here are more before pics of the boxy round tip. Day by day i see the new and improved forming. I wanted a feminine nose and the tip was the focal point. 2 days hurry up!

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Good luck. Cant wait to see.
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Yay tomorrow's the day!! Can't wait to see it!
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My tip was big n boxy. You will see immediate improvement! But also the swelling will camouflage some. Good luck tho I can't wait to see!
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Cast off! =)

I am so happy with the results so far! Stitches were sensitive being taken out my eyes watered lol but the incision healed up so nicely. Just have to put a little neosporin on it. I have a cute tip now! Dr.Cohen knew exactly what i wanted.

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Aw you look gorgeous!! How is your incision site? Is it a little red or scabby? Mine is, I'm wondering how others are healing.
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9 days p.o.

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Looks very nicely refined and natural. Lovely! Congrats to you :)
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You look beautiful!
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Hi. Looks great so far. Thats the only thing with getting the tip done, theres loads of swelling. Im worried my nose will end up looking even bigger after the op from swelling. How r u feeling in yourself, cant imagine whats its like to look in the mirror and c a different nose
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10 days p.o. cant stop looking

I cant resist looking at my nose. Its natural and to think not all of the swelling has even gone down yet. Cant wait to see its final results when all the swelling has gone down. Lately i have avoided prolonged sunlight due to doctors orders since heat and the hot sun can make it swell more.

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It definitely looks so natural! I've been avoiding the sun too! Big hats are our friends!
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Cant believe how good it looks, and its only going to get better when all the swelling goes down. Im so pleased for you
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Thank you! I am excited for you and your journey in rhino it is a learning experience

Different nose, new hair

So now I am just patiently waiting for this swelling to go down. Pineapple everyday. Dyed my hair burgundy. My brother is coming home tomorrow I haven't seen him in 2 years since he is in the Coast Guard (recently single by the way) lol anyways hopefully my new hair will distract him from my smaller nose. Luckily it looks natural

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You look beautiful! Love the new color too!
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You look beautiful! Im not a fan of red but in you it looks great! congratulations from now on the swelling its gona get only better :D XXX
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Love the new hair color!! Does he know about your procedure? He may not even notice!
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Bromelain

So iv been having pineapple smoothies everyday but I want to start taking bromelain. Is it too late to start? I really want this swelling down. I cleaned up my place yesterday so i think it swelled a little.

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Trust me your brother won't notice your new nose. I had 2 nose jobs and no one noticed! Nice hair color.
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Take it! I still take bromelain and will until its gone
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Wow you look great!! Be glad when mine is done and this is all behind me.
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Patiently waiting on swelling

Cant help but doing house work and cleaning. I cant wait until i can hop back on my eliptical! My swelling is a little crooked my tip kind of leans to the right. Patiently waiting on swelling. I started Bromelain few days ago..i like the shape and can imagine when all swelling is down

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Which doctor did your surgery looks great :)
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Who did your surgery looks great :)
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For some reason i wanted him to notice =/

Underneath nose

Before underneath nose was boxy now its a triangular shape. Swelling made it a little uneven hopeful it will straighten out

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Dr Andrew T Cohen. He's great!

Love it!

Impressed even if swelling is going down little day by day. I see improvement everyday. Gotta keep my faith that there's more swelling to go down =)

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I can't believe you're already 21 days p.op!! Looking cuter all the time!
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You look great! Keep us updated on what you take/do to help with swelling :) I'm going to need these tips lol
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your nose looks fabulous!!
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Thank you! How are you?

Happy

I'v been busy with school so that's why I haven't been on rs. But I am almost 2 months post op and happier then ever. Swelling goes down gradually. It does get a little swollen In the morning after i have alcohol but that's about it.

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That's good! And same here still getting use to it lol
Dr. Cohen

Dr. Andrew T Cohen is a true artist. He was the second doctor I had a consultation and was a breath of fresh of compared to the first. I called up Beverly Hills Physicians and they recommended Dr. Cohen because he is a master at rhinoplasty. I also checked out his pictures and was impressed. My first doctor I consulted with made me feel my nose would be difficult to work on. Dr. Cohen made it seem more simple because my bridge is even and all I obsessed over was my bulbous tip. I was a bit shy to tell him what I didn't like so all I said was I wanted a nose that fit my face naturally. I knew he was the one the moment I spoke to him and he told me exactly what was needed to be done about my nose. I didn't want or feel I needed any bridge work done and he agreed and said he would make sure when he opened my nose. After surgery he confirmed that I didn't need bridge work done and that it was all tip work to thin out my tip so it would go symmetrical with my bridge. He has a gentle hand because I had zero bruising and minimal swelling on my face (besides my nose of course lol). At my follow up appointments I never feel rushed and he always makes sure I have my questions answered. He is very easy to talk to and very honest. His staff is friendly. I am lucky I could pay this surgery in full and not have to make payments. Because I know I had to lock in my surgery this summer and they were able to schedule me easily. Thank you Dr. Andrew Cohen for making my surgery and recovery a breeze =)

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